Simon Martin grew up in a family culture of giving. His grandparents and great grandparents from the Blackwood family were prominent philanthropists, who supported education as benefactors of Knox Grammar, Pymble Ladies College, St Andrews College, and the University of Sydney. They were also donors and actively involved in the establishment of orphanages for homeless children (now UnitingCare Burnside) in the early to mid-1900’s. Simon’s parents instilled these qualities in him growing up. Simon has spent his working career in the finance sector as a Private Wealth Manager, managing investments for clients and not-for-profit organisations. In keeping with his background, he advises business contacts and clients how best to establish financial structures for charitable support.
He has been a long-term member of Rotary and is involved in raising funds and supporting projects that assist the less fortunate. He has been recognised for his work in Rotary with a Paul Harris Fellow award.
To support his work in education, Simon is a board member of the Positive Education in Schools Association.
Simon lives in Sydney and has three adult children. He is a regular sailor on Sydney Harbour, and is a die-hard fan and member of the Sydney Swans.